Budget Hearings Scheduled

Wisconsin Bike Fed

The Wisconsin legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee, has scheduled four public hearings around the state for later this month.

They are:

Wednesday, March 18 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Brillion High School
Endries Performing Arts Center
W1101 County Road HR,
Brillion, WI 54110

Friday, March 20 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Alverno College
Pitman Theatre
3400 South 43rd Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53234

Monday, March 23 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

University of Wisconsin-Barron County
Fine Arts Theatre
1800 College Drive,
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Thursday, March 26 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Reedsburg High School – CAL Center Auditorium
1100 South Albert Avenue,
Reedsburg, WI 53959


We would expect that there will be a hearing in Madison as well, but that has not yet been scheduled. It’s important that we get out there to express our concern and opposition for three items in the governor’s proposed budget:

  • The repeal of Complete Streets.

  • The $2 million cut to the Transportation Alternatives Program.

  • The suspension of the Stewardship Fund until 2028.

It’s unfortunate that the committee has scheduled their hearings during the day when so many people have to be at work or school, but if you have the ability to get to one of the hearings to speak it would be very helpful.

You don’t have to have a long presentation (two minutes is fine) and you don’t have to pepper your talk with lots of statistics. We’ll get that kind of information to the committee with meetings in Madison. It’s better to speak from the heart and from your own experiences. So, for example, if you’ve been in a crash or had a close call and you were either helped by a piece of bicycle infrastructure or suffered for the lack of one, that would be a powerful story to tell. If you are concerned for the safety of your kids on their bikes, that is important to get across to the committee. If you enjoy our great state trail system made possible with funds from Stewardship it would be great to let them know that. Woody Allen, not much of a biker as far as we know but a pretty good film director, said that, “showing up is 90% of everything.” That holds true for public hearings of this sort. Please attend one of the hearings if you can.


About Dave Cieslewicz, Director Emeritus

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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